A beat up old piece gets a much needed makeover into a new teal entryway cabinet.
Even through the One Room Challenge, we were still painting furniture! If it hasn’t been enough to be redoing my kitchen, getting my baby girl’s nursery ready, all the outdoor work now that the weather is nice, BESIDES all the work we have been doing for clients… * deep breath * …. I somehow found time to makeover a very beat up old cabinet! (Wow, can you say busy!)
This sweet little piece was found when Vicki and I made the trip to the Junk Bonanza this spring. We are now huge fans of the bi-annual junk-fest and have found so many cool items for our homes there. I went shopping that day hoping to find a cabinet with character for our entryway. To begin with I was pretty undecided about what I wanted, but when I found this piece for the perfect price I knew I had to have it! I loved the carved detail and knew it would be easy for me to makeover exactly how I wanted.
How many of you would have taken one look at this piece and said “ew”?! It was pretty beat up, but Vicki and I saw the potential in it.
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That same day, still at the Junk Bonanza, we were lucky enough to take a class taught by Annie Sloan herself. In that hands-on class Vicki and I learned how to mix the Annie Sloan colors. That class really inspired me for this cabinet and I decided to try my hand at mixing the colors to really make my piece unique.
For my living room we have kind of a modge-podge of furniture. A painted coffee table, a buffet that needs to be painted (watch for that later!) a green couch and brown recliner. My wonderful husband randomly found this great slipcover that fits well and looks great on our hand-me-down couch. With that color covered up, I felt confident painting this cabinet in a bold Teal – which is one of my favorite colors.
This cabinet was pretty beat up before, but I did the minimal amount of filling and sanding since I was going for a rustic, textured piece anyway.
I painted one coat of plain blue first as a base coat. Then I took what I learned from the Annie Sloan class and mixed a custom color teal for the second layer! I was nervous about mixing at first, but it turned out so great in the end! Instead of mixing too much paint at once, I started with a little bit and kept mixing the same ratio when I needed more.
(Look at the difference between the plain paint color and the black wax over the top!!!)
While brushing on the paint, I made sure to go in all directions with my new round brush to give the piece texture since I knew black wax was going to be added as the top coat. Then while waxing, the black color can get into all the nooks and crannies of the brush strokes to make it look very antiqued.
And now I have a beautiful new cabinet! It is located right by the front door so it serves the purpose of mail and key drop while we put our coat or shoes away. It serves a dual purpose as it also sits next to the recliner as an end table! I love that is adds extra storage for our living room.
The inside of the drawers were lined with pretty paper since they were terribly beat up as well. All that was needed was to cut to the required dimensions and then use mod podge to adhere the paper to the cabinet. It was very difficult to take pictures of the real color, but it is a nice brown with a copper lattice design that matches perfectly with the new handles we added.
Then for the bottom, those woven hyacinth baskets (Similar) were added for style and functional storage! I foresee adding baby toys to one of those baskets soon!
I first fell in love with this piece when I saw the carved detail in the front. Those details made this piece special, which is what I was looking for when shopping. And adding the black wax finish over the entire thing just brought those unique details out even more!